Mrs Procrastinator, excuse-maker, 'haven't got time'…ator…(sorry had to make it rhyme… ish!) has suddenly – and I don't really know what the trigger was – signed up to Pilates with a taster class and first beginner class under my belt. The mere fact it's 6.30pm and I have asked Dan to take Tom to youth club is newsworthy!
I think I get engrained in habits – I'm so used to racing around and doing everything I do, so when I'm offered the hand of help I can't quite work out if I truly can (or even ought to) take it! But I have… and intend to more often!
My wish is that it will stop me feeling like an aged old "bird" ahead of time (what with my fall in June, scuppering my hip, and just a general lack of moving myself much, I was feeling vile).
Let's not be foolish, but also accept and admit that the current 'me' (whilst it's quite fine) isn't the 'me' I used to be (I don't necessarily mean the ex-dancer version, but the 'me' from five years ago)… a svelter and more toned version.
That's the one I'd like to be again and I'd rather NOT wait until I'm 50 to find her… that's called delaying tactics! So, whilst there is still a small chunk of the 40 years for me, here I go…
Alongside my movements I'm also, for the very very first time, rather taken by a cookery book ha ha! I hear reverberating as I have typed that (that'll be Dan laughing).
I recently felt that I had rather lost my responsibilities in the kitchen… 'Wonderful!', I now hear you cry, and yes I am absolutely and totally in agreement.
For those of you who are new to my rambling, I make no secret of the fact I don't really like the whole malarkey of cooking. The whole: just made it, now everyone's eaten it, recipe following, kind of thing has just never been me, I don't know why. Dan, on the other hand, loves to cook and create.
So, the book that has taken my fancy is Dale Pinnock's 'The Medicinal Chef'. It caught my eye on The Morning Show so I swiftly speed-bought it, whilst presenting the afore mentioned The Morning Show!
Honestly? My intentions were to present it to Dan, however when it arrived I found myself poring over it and list making. Off we went to food shop and our entire shop was based around Dale's recipes. I think we eat very well as a rule, but what I found so interesting was the connections with foods i.e. butternut squash with feta cheese means the beta-Carotene is better absorbed. Plus the simplistic, yet delicious, easy-to-make results have hooked me in and I am loving it.
For the green soup (shown in the pic at the top) I used the genius cook's essentials soup maker, it was truly delicious and I have to say I have changed my opinion about the soup maker. I did think: '….Why?!' when soup is so easy to make in a saucepan.
However 20 mins later – after no stirring, no checking – I realised how
helpful it would be. Actually, I'm sure more nutrients will be retained than the conventional methods and I'm all about the healthiness at the moment!
There are lovely recipes in the booklet, but I'm sure any combos you fancy concocting will work.
Sometimes soup is all about the leftovers in my house, in fact here you can see today's fridge leftovers on the left! And on the right is the finished result with seeds and chili flakes added… Once I made black soup! I still don't know why or what made it black but as I recall , only I ate it! So you can see why cooking and I haven't gone together!… Until now maybe.
It's actually a perfect time to be back in the saddle/kitchen as my husband has deserted ship and is speeding down the white slopes skiing. I'm still in shock that he actually managed to get up and out by 4.45am, when usually he can barely rouse himself to assist with the morning mayhem until it's well underway… Do not tell him I wrote that or I'll be in such trouble!
Me? Alarm goes at 5.10am and before the second peep is uttered I am out of that cosy bed. Dan, on the other hand, works on the premise of snooze, snooze and more blinkin' snooze button… It totally drives me mad.
I ought to be careful, as I know there are MANY bad habits of mine Dan would, no doubt, be deeeeelighted to share! One day he may get to my blog ahead of me… Now that would make good/cringeworthy reading…mmm I wonder!
What, I wonder, would be your dreadful habits (if you dare share)? Or, even braver, share your other halves'! Here's a pic of one of Dan's, this is the gift he left behind before the afore mentioned skiing trip!!
I shall be juggling like billy-o this end and will enjoy the "me time" that QVC affords me! So I shall look forward, I hope, to your company and chatter.
I noticed some presenters let you know when they'll be on air next so I thought that was a good idea as lots of you ask me on Twitter so…
I shall be on-air with Mr Charlie Brook for a three hour gem-fest on…
Monday 27th at 6pm-9pm (let's see what he shall reveal…)
Tuesday 28th 12pm with Dyson (you know I love a good clean) oh and the Dyson HOT &COLD fan is beyond genius. Then 3pm with Outerwear.
Monday 3rd February on the Morning Show, then 11am with Jewellery and transformed (?!) with Hairwear at 1pm!
Monday 10th at 9am, 10am with M by Marc Bouer, and 1pm with Flameless Candles.
Tuesday 11th at 2pm with Kim & Co, and Richard Jackson at 3pm.
As always, I shall eagerly look forward to your replies In the meantime, I must go and pour myself a glass of wine… I may be trying to be healthy but I am not yet managing the title of Saint Claire!
Lots of love,